Liverpool finally confirmed the sign of Stewart Downing on a long-term contract with wages rumoured at £75,000 a week, here is what he told Liverpool’s Official Website:
“It’s a great feeling and I’m very happy to be here,” the 26-year-old told Liverpoolfc.tv. “It’s been a long time coming and I’ve had to wait a few weeks, but I’m really pleased to be here.
“With the tradition, the manager and the players they have here, there was a big temptation to come here and once I knew of their interest, there was only one place I wanted to go.”
He added: “It will be a great feeling to run out at Anfield. It’s always nice to come and play here.
The atmosphere is always great and the fans are brilliant.
“When I wanted to come to Liverpool, it was the first thing I thought of – playing at Anfield in front of those great fans. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Downing became Liverpool’s fourth major signing of a busy summer so far, following in the footsteps of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Alexander Doni.
Downing said: “It would be nice to win something. I’m sure that’s the same objective for everyone, not just me personally.
“My aim is to be in the team, to play well and give something back because the manager has pushed the boat out to get me here, so hopefully I can give him something back.”
Downing’s acquisition significantly bolsters the options at Dalglish’s disposal for 2011-12, with the new signing capable of operating comfortably on either flank.
He admits, however, that he’ll be happy to fill in wherever the gaffer sees fit.
Downing said: “It depends on where the manager sees me playing. Last season at Aston Villa I played on the right, I can play on the left.
“Getting a few goals and a few assists for the lads up front, that’s what I’m hoping for.”
Again well-done to Kenny, Comolli and John W Henry for the titanic efforts they made in signing this quality England winger.
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